With over 90 million streams under his belt, 23 year old Thomas Stoneman better known as Thomston, has established himself as more than an internet favourite as well as furthering the Kiwis impeccable reputation for left-centred pop music. From impressing blogs with an experimental EP he released back in 2014, Thomston continued to hone his songwriting abilities and released his debut album Topograph in 2016. Student Pages caught up with the New Zealand artist to delve deeper into his incredible career, and what’s in store for the future!
For Thomas, music was not how he had initially imagined as forging his career. Completely ready to go to university to study urban planning, Stoneman found that a couple of his low-key songs he had written in his last year of high school had got his music on the radar of a couple management companies and NZ-based labels who wanted to meet with the aspiring artist. This culminated in a realization that this was a legitimate and viable thing for Thomas to pursue.
Thomston’s new releases ‘Casual’ & ‘Middle Name’ are about craving a deep personal meaning with someone beyond a surface level one night stand. For Stoneman, the music showcases a vulnerability he openly admits has been reluctan to reveal, one for which he is very happy to have shared through the lyrics.
“The goal had always been to try and communicate my feelings as potently as possible but over the course of this recent batch of music, I’ve realised it’s really okay to write music to make people happy.”